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AlphaDog robot can carry 400lbs over 24 miles of any terrain

2011-10-03
AlphaDog robot can carry 400lbs over 24 miles of any terrain
AlphaDog, created by Boston Dynamics, is a new ground robot designed to go anywhere that soldiers and Marines go on foot. Funded by DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps, AlphaDog can carry up to 400 pounds of weight for 20 miles for more than 24 hours.

2011-09-21
A future for drones: Automated killing
The prospect of machines able to perceive, reason and act in unscripted environments presents a challenge to the current understanding of international humanitarian law. The Geneva Conventions require belligerents to use discrimination and proportionality, standards that would demand that machines distinguish among enemy combatants, surrendering troops and civilians.

2011-09-19
Rheinmetall, IAI test unmanned strike system
Rheinmatal Defence and its partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have successfully tested their Wabep unmanned weapon system.Defined as a "weapon system for stand-off engagement of individual and point targets", Wabep consists of a Rheinmetall-made KZO unmanned air vehicle and an IAI Harop attack drone.

AeroVironment unveils Shrike quadrotor

2011-08-30
AeroVironment unveils Shrike quadrotor
AeroVironment has revealed a new unmanned air vehicle (UAV) called the Shrike. The small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quadrotor was developed through a four-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant for a portable, stealthy "perch-and-stare" VTOL system. "Not only does Shrike VTOL hover for more than 40 minutes with a high resolution video camera, but its innovative design also allows for the transmission of several hours of live video as a remotely emplaced perch and stare sensor," said Tom Herring, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment's unmanned air system business segment in a statement.

Rafael offers UAV operators system upgrades

2011-08-09
Rafael offers UAV operators system upgrades
Rafael has adopted a new strategy to increase its activities in the unmanned air systems (UAS) sector, and is offering operators platform upgrades using its payloads and other systems.

Man To Plead Guilty To Trying To Sell Military Spy Plane Over EBay

2011-07-27
Man To Plead Guilty To Trying To Sell Military Spy Plane Over EBay
A foreign national is expected to plead guilty on Thursday to buying a military spy plane and then trying to resell it on eBay. Henson Chua is scheduled for a hearing Thursday, the Tampa Tribune reports, and according to court documents is expected to plead guilty to illegally importing an unmanned spy plane into the U.S., and then trying to auction it off on eBay.

Spanish site to build Orbiter UAS

2011-07-26
Spanish site to build Orbiter UAS
The Orbiter 2 and 3 mini-unmanned air systems will be the first products to be manufactured in Aeronautics' new facility in Spain.

Air Force Special Forces seek stealth robot jeep

2011-07-25
Air Force Special Forces seek stealth robot jeep
Soldiers with Special Operations Task Force-South prepare to load an all-terrain vehicle onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in preparation for a rapid offload during operations Oct. 1, in the Maruf district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

FAA team in Egg Harbor Township is figuring out how unmanned drones can coexist with commercial aircraft

2011-07-22
FAA team in Egg Harbor Township is figuring out how unmanned drones can coexist with commercial aircraft
Imagine an aircraft without a pilot flying alongside a commercial airliner thats carting passengers to their summer vacation destinations. Instead, the pilot of the aircraft is stationed in a separate location and controls the aircraft remotely.

ScanEagle flies in excess of 500,000 combat hours

2011-07-20
ScanEagle flies in excess of 500,000 combat hours
Insitu Inc. announced July 19 that its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surpassed 500,000 combat flight hours and more than 56,000 combat sorties to deliver actionable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to the warfighter with 99 percent mission readiness.